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>> good evening everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. >> the combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. >> at risk: president obama says the economic divide is threatening the future of the american middle class. fast food walkout. minimum wage workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. a brutal winter blast.
we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is
shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the facts that the president and the statistics that the president cited are beyond dispute. there is a growing income disparity in the country. the top 1% has seen their incomes triple, the lower middle class has seen a below 1% grow in real money terms. these are themes that the president has hit time and time again through the course of his presidency. echoing a speech 100 years ago from teddy roosevelt, in a place
in osatomony, kansas. he talked about it again in his state of the union. it comes at a time it's undeniable, he's on the political rocks here. out of the unhealthy rollout of, this is the latest in a series of events given at the center for american progress, a left-leaning think take and it was music to the ears of the left. he's thinking about his legacy, the last three years of his presidency, and he's trying to shore up base democratic voters. here is a little more that the president has to say. >> the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care, or a community that views her future as their own? that should offend all of us. and it should compel us to acts.
we are a better country -- to action. we are a better country than this. so let me repeat: the combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. >> president went on to say that a so-called deficit of opportunity, interesting phrasing there, is much more important than the fiscal deficit, the yearly fiscal deficit in this country which he points out is actually shrchging in his administration john. >> point out, this issue about the young people are disappointed with president and congress. >> part of the obama coalition that got him elected twice is young people, so-called millennials. folks at harvard has a unit that polled these folks. 18 to 25, bad news for the
president, festival his approval rating down to 41%. that is a reflection of the population at large but down 11% since just this spring. and john earlier the president did some work to shore up the forecast, the so-called -- shore up the rveght affordable care a% of millennials disapprove of the affordable care act. have no plans to sign up. that's disappointing news. >> the numbers behind inequality could be surprising for many. jonathan betz has a closer look at what the president says is an economic inequality gap. >> simply put the poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. first off, what does this mean?
the median income for an american household was $53,000, down $yea from the year before and down $5,000 from 1999 when you adjust for inflation. but the economy is growing. however almost all of the money that's being made is going to the very rich. since 2009 the income of the top 1% grew by 31%. money is being made, but only for about a million and a half people here. yet for everyone else, 99% of the population, their salaries have barely moved in four years, less than 1%. the richest are taking home the most since the 1920s. why? some suggest years of tax cuts for the wealthy, the growth of the finance and technology companies, led to wall street fat cats and techies. computers and robots have taken a lot of the jobs since the
1970s. the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. president obama has suggested to bump it up to about $10 an hour. one study suggests the minimum wage should be really closer to $22 an hour. overall improvements in the economy are not being felt by most people which concerns the president who worries the american dream of working to a better life may be turning to just that: a dream. >> jonlt, thank you. the struggling economy has some communities threatening to take dramatic action. a wealthy neighborhood in baton rouge wants to make another city. not the only city facing this economic divide. it's been faced by other comuns who wanted to form their own city. ben where does this effort stand? >> well john it really seems like it's starting to gain some
traction. this group tried over the past few years to get legislation passed to try to get their own school district. but lawmakers slapped that down saying only an official municipality could run their own schools. so this essentially is their answer. jeffrey lee doesn't miss a moment with his grandchildren on the north end of baton rouge. and although they're not in school yet he knows that education will be the key to a better life. >> i want them you know to go to school and learn as much as they can. >> but that's a challenge in a city where 60% of the public schoolchildren aren't learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. how many other generations of children do you have to disserve before you say you know what, let's try something different. >> lylionel reiny, the city of .
george would encompass an unincorporated area, making it the fifth largers city in the state. it would control its own schools with its own tax revenue. >> this is not trying to start a new city, it's about education? >> 100% because of education. we didn't come in saying we wanted to create the fifth largest city in the state of louisiana we want to take charge of the schools in our area. >> a report commissioned by the baton rouge area said it could cost the city at large $53 million, 20% of its budget and further segregate the city. >> now we would have white kids going to school over here on this end of the parish, white kids going to school on the other end of the parish and in the middle you would just have
the black kids going to school. >> there's also a major income disparity. residents in the city make an average much $58,000 a year. while residents in the st. george area make $90,000. >> does that take us backwards where we're segregating ourselves again? i don't see it as a win. >> both the white and black in baton rouge, those looking to break away say it's not race, but education. >> this has nothing to do with skin color. if you have the means to leave bbaton rouge, you leave. >> i guess you're going to have one side better than the other side. what's going to happen to -- i mean i guess the lower class i guess you would say. if everybody seems like we're a
different city, make it a better class. >> for now the break away effort continues to gain momentum and could soon be decided on by voters. and there would be 107,000 residents in this proposed new area. they need 18,000 signatures to get this to voters. they say they're halfway there. we'll see how it goes in the coming months john. >> thank you ben. another example of middle class pain could be found in the rust belt of the mid east. in youngstown, ohio blocks of homes were abandoned. but now life is coming to some of those structures. john hendren reports. >> father john is a crime fighting priest on a mission. >> what we're looking at is six blighted boarded up, burned out nuisance houses that had been used for criminal activity like gang hangouts and prostitution.
they were havens and we needed to get rid of them. >> he persuaded officials to replace the homes with sports fields and parks, turning ghetto to greenery. >> violent crime has been cut in half. >> it's just part of a renewal project through blighted youngstown, ohio, which lost half its population in the 1970s. >> if you imagine a huge tsunami that hit town, it took probably 30 years for the waters to recede. there's a lot of housing stock left over. >> young town is tearing many houses down, turning it to land bank along with thousands of of dollars of repairs to get them off their books. >> we would offer them to someone of means to someone who
intends to renovate it. >> every house that is torn down is one less neighborhood eyesore, one less crack house. this is scheduled for demolition in the next few days. gary, indiana's underused convention center, now many mid size cities are going small instead. gary is selling daish lict houses for $1. >> too lofty a goal, if you don't get there, people would say it's for nought or failure. smaller things, get some momentum going. >> the thinking is by going small they're giving themselves room to grow. john hendren al jazeera. >> detroit's treasured works of
art, more on that from bicion leary. >> christie's auction house, values city owned art at detroit's institute of arts. emergency manager kevin orr and creditors a snapshot of how much the art is worth, willing to pay off $18 billion in death. just a day after the judge ruled the city is eligible for bankruptcy. a fire sale of the city's prized art. >> i said on march 25th that everything was on the table and that remains true. even now, these seven months later. >> with donated an pped endowed artwork off limits from now, chrisies, estimates, up to 3,000 pieces of work, among them
paintings and sculptures by world renown artists such as breugel and van gogh. >> some creditors are disappointed that the value is what they are. the hope was that the value would be much higher. >> creditors who are going after the city for what they are owed, might go after the artwork. >> creditors will fight as hard as they can. >> during the eligibility hearing federal judge steven rhodes didn't say whether he would allow the sale of the artwork. but he cautioned to take extreme care when deciding to sell assets. meanwhile, the dia released this statement. the zia remains hopeful that the emergency manager will continue to protect the museum and the
collection and oppose any attempt, however, if the collection is jeopardized, the dia remains committed to taking appropriate action to preserve this cultural birth rate for future generations. >> right now an arctic blast is affecting more than two dozen states across the country. in the past 30 hours, duluth received a foot of snow, and 7 below zero in nebraska, the utah highway patrol reported more than 60 crashes in salt lake city alone. kevin corriveau joins us. >> john, we are looking at quite an event. snow freezing rain, i'll bring you in that area in a moment but right up here to the north that is been where the snow has been
the hardest. moving towards into canada and also into the graicts. but some isolated spots may still see up to 20 inches of snow. the area over michigan in the next couple of hours. this cold front there in the single digits that's not including what the wind chill looks like. tomorrow's highs, i'll gel to that in just a second. but what happens is those snow showers push away, that's where those cold temperatures are bismarck only getting to 9, rapid city the same. john the wind chills will be minus 20, minus 30°. definitely a dangerous situation. >> kevin, we'll talk to you later. lessons learned, what officials are finding from the newtown 911 tapes.
plus whales trapped in shallow water off the florida coast.
>> in ten days it will be one yore since the massacre in newtown. since then an emotional debate has been waged over whether or not to release the 911 tapes. ldges america has decided not to -- al jazeera america has decided not to play the vrd yoa of those calls. randall pinkston reports. >> i heard seven calls of 911, at about 9:35, a woman who sounded frightened reached the dispatcher saying she was inside the school building and had
glimpsed someone running down the hallway with a gun. they're still shooting, she said, sandy hook school, please. there was also a phone call from a school teacher hold up in the classroom with her students. she reported hearing gun shots in the hallway. the dispatcher said keep everybody down, keep everybody away from the windows okay, one of the phone calls came from custodian rick thorn, the school was in lock down, he couldn't see the students in front of the building. the dispatcher said, could he hear anything else? he said he keep hearing shooting i keep hearing popping. at one point, urging officers to respond. he was still on the phone when law enforcement officers did enter the school approximately nine minutes after that first 911 call. the gunman, 20-year-old adam
lanza reportedly killed himself within minutes from when officers arrived. too late to save 20 children, six educators or lanza's mother, whose body was found at home. six attorneys argued depend the release, they were overruled by the state judge. >> he has read the official police report, peter, do these tapes tell us anything more about the police response in this case? >> no, not from what i saw. i think people were looking to listen to these and maybe find something that could be an answer, maybe a slow response but everything i saw everything i read and what the commission found i think the 911 operators acted, they were the first responders who could do everything they could do.
>> has this changed anything? >> i don't think it's changed, just another incident of what is an edification of what has to be done ever since columbine. the term used is an active shooting, whether in a school or an office building. but the response after sandy hook is not going to change. it just shows you that some very good people who have plans for training and getting the police to practice this and to deal with an active shooter is a must and it's being done across the country. >> in my son's own school his school in connecticut, there was a response immediately after sandy hook. school administrators and police worked together to make sure they had planned for a situation they hoped never would occur. >> right. and they drill for this at schools. i mean when i was young giving myself the age here we did the duck and cover for an atomic attack.
but they do practice i think there's mandates in a lot of schools that they do the lock down drills that have to be done in case there's an active shooter or just somebody in the neighborhood. >> take us through this for us step by step for an active shooter for schools and officials. >> what happens in an active shooter the 911 dispatchers they're acting as the intelligence that's coming in first to get the information to stay calm like they did if you hear the recordings to get to the information to get the police on the street to respond. they were there within nine minutes. but the plan in the past we're going back probably before columbine, when you know you have a problem inside a building usually what happens is the first responders will go there and set up a perimeter and wait like a swat teem. that has all changed. once the first responders arrive the first police officer is on the keep at least hopefully two
they are going to go in the school to eliminate the threat, contain the threat, with an active shooter situation. we saw that with the army yard. they want to minimize the casualties and not wait. >> quickly, should there be a police officer with a gun inside those schools on a regular basis or not? >> well i think a lot of from where i am from in fairfax county virginia, there are safety officers outside every school. it's expensive there's funding that comes with that i think it's a good idea. but you have to balance that, too, with the budgets that people have to deal with. it's a difficult situation to make that decision and fund it. but i think the awareness is key. but again, you're talking schools. i mean we have the mall situation and even the fbi now is working with law enforcement to deal with active shooters and
train locals. >> peter, it's great to see you. thanks very much for joining us tonight, we appreciate it. >> sure not a problem. thank you. >> well rescue workers are working to rescue 40 stranded whales trapped in the shallow water off the florida coast. they were found in the everglades national park. it is not clear how they were stranded or how they got there. pilot whales, usually found in deep water. in central mexico, a mystery over a stolen truck carrying radioactive material. located the missing truck, hijacked at a gas station while traveling from a hospital to a nuclear waste site. cobalt 60 is a dangerous isotope often used in radiation treatment. authorities say the thieves were likely exposed to a lethal dose of radiation when they removed a protective container.
they are now checking health clinics to find out who the culprits are. well, mark morgan is hereby with sports and today -- the here with sports and the nfl handed down a big fine. >> the nfl has find pittsburgh steelers mike tomlin coach $5,000. tomlin's actions affected play on the field. remember, tomlin took a step onto the field during jacoby jones run. florida state quarterback, jameis winston investigation is complete.
william megs says one thing his office will be weighing is if there's a reasonable chance for conviction. again, that announcement is expected soon. winston is played nha player of the year. 50.5 million contract extension, lundquist's 9th season with the nhl. that is the headlines for this hour. meningitis outbreak, no vaccine to prevent it. what schools are doing to protect their students. don't ask don't tell, for military veterans some things haven't changed.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. here are the top stories. 911 emergency calls from sandy
hook were maid public, al jazeera america is decided not to play the audio. 20 children six educators were killed in that school. more than 30 million people are in the path of a prewinter storm being held in two dozen states. two feet of snow on top of the 26 inches yesterday. crews working to keep on top of the snow bracing for up to two feet of snow. president obama says the salary gap between the rich and poor is destroying the economy. 10% of the country is taking home half the nation's income. in the ukraine antigovernment protestors are out again demanding that the government step down. these are live pictures outside independence square.
bringing the country closer to the european union, there's a lot at stake not only for the ukraine but for europe and the u.s. as well. phil itner explains. >> the crowds hope to change their country's future, but as a result may also affect the relationship between the you a crane and europe. divided between a pro-russian east and a european leading west. prulting in some of the largest pro-eu rallies in the nation's history but violence in doorstep. secretary of state kerry called on the government in kiev to take heed. >> we urge the ukrainian government to listen to the voices of its people to live in freedom and opportunity, and we urge all sides to conduct them
sestles peacefully, critics say viktoor yanukovych, the transpot from natural gas from russia to europe, half of the world's supply. like these smugglers that have direct access to europe and beyond. dissent is crushed, human rights groups say in prison for public utility rights reasons. something ukrainian expert lucivia says will deliver on a promise unfulfilled. >> if we would presume that for the west democracy is a value then it should be a concern. we raised a lot of expectations
among the citizens of ukraine who are now demanding their voices to be heard. >> the orange revolution which despite earlier successes fell apart, resulting in a broken state under the thumb of moscow. russia gets a plot of cash from the gas trade but the country is also strategically important. giving direct access to the mediterranean sea and influence on global security. the question now is whether or not those more aligned towards russia or for that matter the kremlin itself will simply let ukraine go west. phil itner, al jazeera.
>> call calling for the prime minister to resign, today there was piece as people called the streets of bangkok. a pause out of respect for the king of thailand's birthday. joe biden was at odds with the chinese president over the plans to extend an air security zone to the east china sea. biden views the decision at illegitimate. china's president is reportedly not pack town. america's fast food workers are taking their demand for higher wages to the streets. >> hey hey ho ho. >> this was the scene back in august in new york and tomorrow, low-waing protestors will be
conducting demonstrations. many want the hourly increase to $15 an hour. a community activist helping to organize the protests tomorrow. there have been protests before, what have been the results? >> to reach out to our community to explain why they need an increase in their wages, and the right to form a yoip without retaliation-- union without retaliation. they are doing an excellent job to bring the story to our community and they say that st. louis can't survive on $7.35 an hour which is our minimum wage in missouri and that's absolutely true. not only can't these workers survive but our community can't survive on that kind of wage. >> you have gotten the message out a number of times but i guess when i talk about the results and the response, what's been the response from corporate
america? >> well, you have to understand that the demand for an energies in wages to a living wage, and an opportunity to have a voice in the workplace, that is going to be a long term effort on the part of these workers. so they're building this effort. exactly it's not happening overnight and it's going to be something that they have to develop. they have to grow and expand their numbers and they also have to find ways of bringing admonish community folks to become their allies. getting those folks to really work with them, to achieve this end. >> you've heard the arguments on the other side. we heard former mcdonald's kerry say that the minimum wage being raised to $15 an hour would kill jobs. what do you say to that? >> we don't think so. we think that paying a fair wage to folks would give them the dollars to spend in our community, would grow our economy, it would help these folks to be able to take care of
the basic necessities of their lives and that would keep us citizens of this country from needing to pay for government programs, and charitable programs in our communities, that these folks need to survive. >> wouldn't it also mean that the price of products goes up? >> well, that might be so. but you have to remember that the corporations are also making massive profits at the present time. mcdonald's alone made $5.5 billion in profit last year and $7.7 billion in dividend and share buy-back. these are large corporations, they can afford to pay a better and more faish wage and that is what -- fair wage and that is what we are working on. >> what happens if you don't get a higher wage in the next two, three years? >> i think there are a number of ways to approach this effort. legislatively you could pursue an increase in minimum wage but what these workers are demanding is a living wage. that would require them to
leverage the industry and that's what they're trying to do, they are organizing themselves but it will take a amount of time. >> thank you for joining us. >> thanks very much. >> tonight a new meningitis outbreak. the illness is tracked by the university of california santa barbara where at least four students have been affected. brian rooney is standing by with more about that. brian. >> john, the last case was identified on november 21st. they've had four cases here which is statistically small out of more than 20,000 students but it is a very contagious disease and it's often fatal. four students at this sprawling campus developed this rare form of meningitis in just three weeks. one in four people who catch it die. and 20% suffer some permanent damage. >> when this outbreak first
started, when we had three cases two weeks ago we recognized that three cases within two weeks was a dangerous situation. >> one student a freshman lacrosse player had such a serious case that both his feet had to be amputated. >> once it causes blood poisoning and it causes hands and feet don't have a viable oxygen supply. and end up being amputated. >> students are warned to avoid close contact. coughing too close, sharing drinks, kissing. as a result the huge frat house scene has been shut down. students either went to a fraternity party or have friends who did. >> the greek ask so huge here, there are parties. >> the treatment for meningitis, no treatment.
princeton new jersey had eight cases in nine months caused by a similar strain, was given permission to import a strain from europe that is not here in the u.s. for now, the university of santa barbara is handing out antibiotics in an effort to halt the disease. the incubation period is two weeks. they have recently tested students suffering with flu like symptoms, and john, the results are not in yet. >> brian rooney, thank you. they are a large and often overlooked part of the military community, according to the department of veterans affairs, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. we take a closer look at the changes and the new programs now
being offered to those vets. melissa chan joins us from san francisco with that part of the story. melissa. >> well john, don't ask don't tell ended two years ago. but it's interesting to speak to the veterans. they had a wide raping of opinions and feelings. -- range of feels and opinions. >> getting together at san francisco pride celebration, just two years of banging gays and lesbians of serving openly, veterans who have had to spend their careers in closet. >> the overturn of don't ask don't tell is still very new. so i think the services are still learning. and although it's going very well so far i mean i do expect that there are yet going to be some bumps in the road.
naturally it's a big change. >> john caldera serves on the san francisco veterans affairs commission. he kept his sexual orientation secret and was honorably discharged from the navy in the '80s. >> i can truly see how the term don't ask don't tell came into being. that's how many of us had to live our lives, closeted and sheltered. veterans affairs hospitals like this one in san francisco have launched outreach pilot programs recent, specialized psychologists to handle posttraumatic stress cases caused by lgbt issues. >> he and his colleagues visit job fairs, community centers and pride events. >> veterans have been really excited, impressed and surprised that we've offered this program
and have been asking for more and more services. >> the va now handles a hot line for gay and lesbian veterans. >> we've had large numbers of openly lgbt people and so the va may be responding to that differently than they were in the past for people who were closeted as i was at that time. >> there is a feeling in lgbt circles that many veteran programs only handle heterosexuals. >> not much has changed. >> so while the political climate has been altered some vets feel it could be years before social and cultural attitudes in the military catch up. >> well one additional thing that we didn't really have a chance to go into in our report, but was very interesting, is the
t in lgbt, transgender still cannot enlist in the military and that's something that the gay and lesbian veterans we spoke to said they would like changed. john. >> melissa chan in san franciscan, melissa, thank you. let's head to washington, d.c, joie chen standing by to tell us what's happening on america tonight. hi joie. >> hi john. we'll continue with an in depth look at the struggles of american cities, do more to protect the financial security of people who live in them. and tomorrow we expect the trouble to boil over, fast food workers will head out on the street, demanding an increase to what they call a living wage. what's happening at the city level, where a move towards higher minimum wages, what will it do to the national level?
why companies worry why it will hurt their businesses, coming up at the top of the hour. >> joie thanks so much. is classic norman rockwell paintings were on the chopping block. same grace, sold for a record $46. manmillion. worked with rockwell for years and received some of the paintings as gifts. switching screens, why americans are watching less tv these days. the nhl players file suit against the league. more on sports when we come back.
new details on what lead to that deadly plane crash in new york. the commuter train was traveling far too fast, more than 80 miles an hour down the track. the question is why? lisa stark joins us from washington. what is the latest? >> that train should have been going at 30 miles an hour around the curve. there are no published reports this morning including from wabc, those reports indicate that the engineer, william rockefeller has said he may have zoned out at the controls. he may
have dosed off and then snapped awake too late to stop the train in time the ntsb will continue to interview the engineer and also look back at
>> mairps of all ages are watching less tv according to a neilsen survey, people watched three minutes less tv than a year ago. still five hours a day, whether it's live tv or dvr playback. many are watching online. citizens watched video on computers, 11 minutes a day online, more than last year. well, in sports there's a significant ruling coming down for a potential heisman trophy candidate. here is sports. >> either way this kind of transpires tomorrow, the
prosecutor looking into sexual assault against jameis winston, will announce his findings tomorrow afternoon. william megs said if there's a reasonable chance for conviction. again that announcement is expected tomorrow. winston was named the acc player of the year. the nfl has find mike tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a kickoff return during last night's game against the ravens. tomlin's action he affected a play on the field, tomlin took a step onto the field during jacoby jones return run. >> i intreas the responsibilities that come with my position and understand their
repercussions from a blunder of that nature. and i embrace it. i also understand, with my position, comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of the game of football. and i think probably my biggest error on thursday night is not realizing that that play jeopardized the integrity of the game from a perception standpoint. now, football is not the only sport in which concussions have caused health concerns for practically everyone involved, nhl hasn't done enough to protect players, jessica taff spoke with john sinclair. >> we are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
we are asking the court to make a declaration that in fact the nhl new or should have known about the problems in the complaint about the links the connections if you will between sports injuries and brain injuries. and to say that the nhl should have done something better. >> what are some of the effects of these concussions are having that the players are living with now on a daily basis? >> sure. well, there's four different types of sports injuries in essence, concussions, postconcussions, second impact syndrome and long term effects. cte is some of the woshes stuff we're finding -- worst stuff we're finding out there. there's been some in the nhl. the first nhl person was diagnosed in 2010, that was reggie fleming. these folks have dementia, they have trouble dealing with life, they suffer from severe depression, it really makes it
hard for them to live a normal day-to-day life as you would expect. >> if you do win this lawsuit what is it going to mean for current and former players now? >> this is only a suit on behalf of former players. to that extent if we win that suit for them hopefully we can get them the recompense that they need. for players this provides a wonderful opportunity for the nhl. it established a cop cushion program in 1997 but we vice president seen a lot out of it since then. this provides a wonderful opportunity to allow the nhl to take the steps it says it's going to take to project the integrity of the game. >> why now the nhl suit prompt the nhl players to file a suit of their own? >> we've heard that and i don't think it's opportunistic evere to try vindicate your -- ever to
try vindicate your rights. but it showed that david could take on goliath. >> do you feel the results will be much like the nfl did? >> i think it will be a while, it will have to take some time to play out and people will see what will come of it. i think this presents a nice opportunity for anyone with input, whether the nhl, the nhl union, to really come together and do the right thing. >> and staying in the nhl, the king is staying on broadway. goal tender hendrick lundquist has signed a contract to stay, with the new york rangers, this is his ninth year with the new
york rangers. i think the concussion issue is the latest, whether they're professional sports or not i think there's a lot of growing concerns about head injuries all across the spectrum. >> mike thanks very much. could there be a competition between google's robots and amazon drones? google is trying to build a new generation of robots, one would be to deliver packages to your door in an automated l google car. first lady michelle obama gave the military a first look at the white house decorations. the blue room tree, is adorned with military decorations. the white house is expecting
70,000 visitors this month. even california is getting ready for the cold snap. kevin corriveau accommodation back with the weather after this. >> and now a techknow minute...
>> well, we've had snow across the great lakes and the rockies, cold air in the west and we have ice we'll be talking about here across parts of oklahoma. ice is one of the most dangerous spheric phenomenon, not only because of how slippery it is on the roads but bringing down trees and power lines. this is where we're expected to get it over the next day or so northern texas, oklahoma, and northern arkansas, quarter inch of freezing rain and ice. you notice we have that sliver of ice there and to the north. how does this set up? it's a little bit complicated. it all depends on what the temperatures are in the layers of the atmosphere. this is a 3d rendering of what it would look like. as that warm air through texas goes in. it goes over the warmer air in
the central plains. the rain falls through it, it gets warm and then it hits the bottom it freezes down here open the roads, that's where we get the freezing rain, if it's a little bit further away, it has time to freeze in the atmosphere, that's sleet, and then snow. what the extent is going to be we do expect it to be a pretty good phenomenon this time around. dallas is at 62°, notice in oklahoma city, that is where the temperature is, freezing rain to form. the rain hasn't yet come in but it is on its way here in new mexico so that's going to be the problem. tomorrow, there it is there in the exact spot we're forecasting it, a half inch of ice on the trees will bring down those branches as well as bring in those power lines. rain and snow in pardons of
missouri and arkansas. dallas five day forecast is pretty grim, overnight lows down into the 20s. cold air big problem in complaf, especially the growers, it doesn't take much especially for those lettuce type vegetables to dry. oranges, they have that resigned, as long as the temperatures don't stay too cold for too long. right now in new mexico, albuquerque of 41, salt lake at 17, elko at 14. that system moves out and we're going to be seeing those colder temperatures pushing out towards most of the area. up towards the north, though, lincoln nebraska is at 20, denver is at 9. we're going to see those temperatures out towards the east still stay warm, 50s and 60s for most people on the east coast. have a great night.
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